Herb meanings and benefits A-Z: Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea)

Echinacea_purpurea.JPG       Echinacea, known for its ability to strengthen the immune system, is one of the most widely used herbs. It is native to central and eastern United States, and was a Native American remedy.

Rather than killing bacteria directly as antibiotics do, Echinacea improves the body’s ability to fight infections from viruses/bacteria/cancer on its own.   This herb encourages tissue growth and repair, promotes T-cells, and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Echinacea’s positive effects can be attributed to its content of water-soluble polysaccharides, which guard against harmful microbes. The presence of these cells creates phagocytosis, or the process by which white blood cells defeat invading organisms). This, in turn, both keeps colds away and shortens their duration. Additionally, Echinacea stops bacteria from producing hyaluronidase, an enzyme which allows them access to healthy cells in the body.

Helping the body with chronic tiredness, frequent illness, upper-respiratory infection, urinary tract infection, sore throat, skin disorders, flu, herpes, and candida, Echinacea is quite versatile. It is also easy to grow, making it an accessible and effective staple to any herb collection.

For immunity-boosting magic🔮try:

  1. Echinacea Purpurea
  2. Rooibos leaves
  3. Raspberry leaves (for flavor)

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